Arsenal fans clamouring for a new defensive midfielder might have seen significance in Mikel Arteta's substitution on 63 minutes in the 3-0 win over Burnley, or at least, the symbolic nature of it. Because Arteta was once the undroppable; the metronome in a team who love to pass the ball. At one point too, Arsenal found it difficult to win games without him, further highlighting his influence.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has implemented a new 4-1-4-1 formation as of late, with either Mikel Arteta or Mathieu Flamini being deployed as the sole defensive midfielder in the middle of the pitch. The lack of manpower in the space just in front of Arsenal's back four was one of the reasons (there were plenty) Borussia Dortmund dominated the north London team in their opening Champions League group stage match Tuesday night.
Wenger Must Show More Flexibility If We're To Use Our Current Options Throughout by SO We enter the final 10 days of the window and despite four new faces at Arsenal, the same concerns over weak positions remain. A defensive midfielder and centre forward are the two positions that have needed improvement since the summer [.
Manchester City have signed Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna and defensive midfielder Fernando, according to reports from Sky Sports and The Times. Sagna is said to have signed a three-year contract and has already completed City's medical whereas Francisco's signing is said to be close to completion, both players transfers are awaiting announcement.
Abou Diaby is not likely to return to action this season for Arsenal in yet another injury setback, which has ruled out thedefensive midfielder since March 2013.
Diaby was originally supposed to be back to full fitness in December, but the French midfielder who has suffered 35 different injuries in his Arsenal career from 2006-2013, is still trying to recover from his knee injury, according to a report by Goal.
Arsenal could be set to miss out on yet another transfer target this summer with the German media reporting that Wolfsburg are close to completing the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo. The Brazil international had been tipped to move to the Emirates. But Bild reports that the defensive midfielder is instead set to [.
It is acknowledged among Arsenal fans and neutrals alike that the club need to buy a defensive midfielder this summer because of Abou Diaby's injury problems and the fact there is no cover for him since Alex Song left last summer. There have already been a few names thrown around for who should be bought but I believe that the club should be looking to West Ham's Mohamed Diame.
So, coming off a disappointing but not detrimental 0-0 draw with Everton, there are both positives and negatives to take. The first positive to take is the fantastic performances from Aaron Ramsey that we've seen both today and on Saturday.
During my life as an Arsenal and football fan i have witnessed many remarkable moments of Arsenals history including the invincible era. But ironically my first real game i watched on TV was our last major trophy. In this game (fa cup final of 2005)i saw a winning team, but where did it all go wrong?
Nemanja Matic is fast becoming one of the important players at Chelsea and it was probably least evident from his goal against Sporting Lisbon. It was only the second goal of the season for the tall defensive midfielder. The goal helped Chelsea get a narrow 1-0 win, although it should have been much more for the chances Jose Mourinho's men created, to secure the first three points of this European campaign.
With Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic undergoing a medical at Chelsea, we look at what he will add to the Blues. Jose Mourinho has decided to bring Nemanja Matic back to Chelsea for a second spell at the Stamford Bridge. Spending Â£22m on a defensive midfielder is a big price to pay but, as always, the [.
Chelsea are the frontrunners to sign English-born Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier. He was a regular for Sporting last season, but his contract contains a Â£4.2m buyout clause that is proving too tempting for some of Europe's big clubs. The Blues are currently the favourites to complete a deal for Dier.
Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Daley Blind from Ajax, with the clubs said to be said in "advanced negotiations" for the Dutch international.
Blind, who was one of Holland's star performers at the World Cup in Brazil, is thought to be keen on a move to United and the club is confident an agreement can be found with Ajax for a fee of around £14-15m.
Sky Sports are reporting that Newcastle United are one of the clubs interested in signing Crystal Palace defensive midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi. Kagisho Dikgacoi Crystal Palace midfielder Dikgacoi was at Fulham for a couple of seasons from 2009, but he only played 16 times for the London club in those two seasons, and only once [.
Manchester United are closing in on Portuguese youngster William Carvalho, according to reports in today's papers that claim the Sporting Lisbon's defensive midfielder could soon be on his way to Old Trafford, after the Portuguese giants have identified his replacement in Estoril's midfielder Goncalo.
There is some news today that Newcastle are interested in 23 year-old Vitesse defender Kelvin Leerdam, who can play at right back or anywhere across the back line, and also can play as a defensive midfielder. Kelvin Leerdam Vitesse defender/utility player Vitesse founded in 1892 same year as a very famous English club [.
There is news in the French newspaper L'Equipe and the Get French Football News website today, that Newcastle are interested in two more French players, and it's the first time that we know of that we've been linked with these players. Gueida Fofana - 22 year-old defensive midfielder They are Lyon's 22 year-old central midfielder [.
talkSPORT is reporting today that talks are ongoing between Newcastle United and West Ham, about the possible transfer of 23 year-old England U21 International James Tomkins to the Magpies. James Tomkins capped 10 times for the England U21 side Certainly Newcastle were interested in the center-back come defensive midfielder last January, and we see [.
Some news breaking today is that Newcastle are interested in signing Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila this month, and the 22 year-old French International defensive midfielder certainly wants to leave the French league, and his first choice seems to be the Premier League. Yann M'Vila Newcastle interested?
Alan Pardew will start with an unchanged Newcastle side today at White Hart Lane in the tough game against Tottenham Hotspur today in the Premier League. As expected Jame Perch retains his place as the defensive midfielder, in spite of Cheick Tiote returning form the African Cup of Nations last week.
Sporting announced their third addition of the offseason today, announcing the signing of Haitian midfielder, James Marcelin. Marcelin spent last year with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL, making 15 appearances for the club as they advanced to the Soccer Bowl before losing to the San Antonio Scorpions.
The 29 year old has played nine matches this season with English Championship side Wigan Athletic
Friday morning Kevin Kinkead reported that the Philadelphia Union are targeting 29 year-oldDanish international WIlliam Kvist as a possible signing during the offseason. The defensive midfielder, whohas made 52 appearanceswith the Denmark national team, currently plays for Wigan Athletic in the English Championship.
By 1970's Gooner It was about time Wenger realised that his team selection was a little unbalanced. He has always in recent times selected only one defensive midfielder (either Arteta or Flamini) and played a more forward minded Ramsey (or Wilshere) in central midfield. The rest of the team barring the four at the back are all forwards.
Heading into the start of last season, Leo Stolz was given a new challenge.
After spending his whole life playing almost exclusively as a defensive midfielder, UCLA men's soccer head coach Jorge Salcedoasked him to play in a more advanced role, hoping to make up for the loss of Ryan Hollingshead to Major League Soccer.
Jermaine Jones is a great defensive midfielder coming off a very strong 2014 FIFA World Cup for the U.S. National Team. He's played in some of the best leagues in the world and has Champions League experience. He's also not the solutionto all that ails the New England Revolution.
Mexican midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos will finally leave the Camp Nou as the 24 year-old is set to join his brother, Giovani Dos Santos, at Villarreal. The transfer was announced via F.C. Barcelona's official websiteon Wednesday. The deal is for an estimated €2million and the right to buy the player back if El Submarino Amarillo ever decide to sell Jonathan Dos Santos.
Reports from TalkSPORT claim that Napoli are set to make a move for Liverpool defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva in January as manager Rafael Benitez is looking to increase the stability of his midfield for the long term.
The Spanish tactical was responsible for the arrival of Lucas at Liverpool back in 2007 when the took a gamble on the young Gremio starlet.
By 1970's Gooner Every successful Arsene Wenger team had an unsung hero playing as a defensive midfielder. Vieira, Petit, Edu and Gilberto Silva to name but a few. They provided the steel in the middle of the park, in front of the defence playing no nonsense football winning the ball and giving it to the creative players.
Spurs have completed the signing of defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue from French side Toulouse. The 25-year-old has moved to White Hart Lane for a fee believed to be in the region of Â£9m. A fee was agreed between the two clubs last week, but the deal has only been finalised this morning. The France international [.
Last night saw David Luiz take up the role of defensive midfielder again, something that he has not been asked to do for quite a while. I thought he had a mixed game; we saw the best and the worst from him. Some very strong tackles were made, but then he was also outsmarted on more than one occasion.
Traditionally in soccer, certain numbers are associated with certain positions. The number 1 is always going to be a goalkeeper's number. When we say "number 9" we're talking about a striker. A "number 10" is a central attacking midfielder, a trequartista, and a subject we talked about just a few days ago in this very countdown.